Watching Netflix is everyone’s favourite activity – it’s the perfect form of procrastination and offers a distraction from life’s many stresses. Whether you’re a lover of romance, comedies, horrors or action films, Netflix has a movie for every mood. Here’s our list of the best films you can watch on the platform right now.
This 2017 masterpiece from Christopher Nolan deserves to be at the top of the list. As the title suggests, the film centres around the true story of the last days of the Battle of Dunkirk during World War II and brilliantly captures the emotions of the soldiers waiting to be taken to back to Britain. The story focuses on several perspectives and switches between timeframes to completely immerse viewers. Even if you don’t claim to be a fan of war films and action, this one is definitely not to be missed (it even features a sneaky appearance from pop sensation Harry Styles!)
Offering a slightly different tone to Dunkirk, Marriage Story follows two ex-lovers through their painful divorce and realistically documents some of the issues faced in real relationships. Leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson portray the struggle of separation, custody issues and family life throughout the film, which lasts just over two hours. The movie has also unsurprisingly picked up several award nominations at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
The Great Gatsby
Despite being released a few years ago in 2013, The Great Gatsby is a classic that will certainly stand the test of time. Leonardo Di Caprio, aka the king of cinema, plays the starring role of Gatsby in this Hollywood rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. The film centres around a dramatic love triangle between the main protagonist Jay Gatsby, his former lover Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom Buchanan. This film screams the roaring 1920s and will without a doubt make you want to travel back in time to the era.
AboutTime is a lighter-hearted, coming of age film that’s set over several years where the main character, Tim, uses time travel to win over the woman of his dreams and to change situations that may not have gone his way the first time around. Domhnall Gleeson stars alongside Rachel McAdams in this romantic comedy which was again released back in 2013 (it seems as though 2013 was a great year for film fans!) Netflix is certainly a hub for romance films, and this one is a good addition to their collection.
La La Land
This article just wouldn’t be right without including this film, which has won Oscars in six categories, including in the coveted Best Actress category. La La Land was the talk of 2016 and follows the love story of Mia Dolan, played by Emma Stone, and Sebastian Wilder, played by Ryan Gosling. The film classes itself as a romantic musical and runs for 128 minutes, making it the perfect thing to watch on a Saturday night in. However, if you’re not a big fan of musicals then this one might not be for you!
Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in this film based on the true story of Churchill’s early days as the British Prime Minister during World War II and follows his negotiations with Nazi Germany and the eventual German defeat in 1945. Similar to Dunkirk, Darkest Hour offers an incredibly detailed and dramatic account of events, contributing to the perfect cinematic experience. This film has also picked up several awards, with lead Gary Oldman taking home an Academy Award for best actor.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the third instalment in the franchise and revolves around a group of teenagers who find Jumanji and discover it has now been turned into a video game. With a star-studded leading cast of Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan to name a few, the second sequel to the original 1995 Jumanji film was a big hit at the box office and achieved $962.1 million. The latest film in the series, Jumanji: The Next Level was released last year.
19 Years a Slave
19 Years a Slave is arguably one of the most powerful films to come out of the last decade. Released in 2013, it follows the true story of a black man who is abducted whilst on a business trip to New York and subsequently forced into years of slavery. Whilst it may be a difficult watch, 19 Years a Slave is an iconic film that represents the reality of the cruelty of slavery in America and has rightfully won three Oscars for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress.